Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Game #55 Washington Capitals at Philadelphia Flyers

Where: Wachovia Center, Philadelphia, PA

When: February 6, 2008, 7:00 PM

History:
Caps Record on this Date: 3-3-2-1
Caps Game 55 Record: 13-13-4-1
All-Time vs. PHI: 63-92-19-0
Last Season vs. PHI: 4-0-0
Last Meeting: 1/13/08, WAS 4 PHI 6

This Year:
WAS Record: 25-24-5
Standings Points: 55
Division Rank: 3rd
Conference Rank: 11th
Last Game: 2/5/08, WAS 4 CLB 3 (OT)
Streak: Won 1

PHI Record: 30-17-5
Standings Points: 65
Division Rank: 1st
Conference Rank: 2nd
Last Game: 2/5/08, PHI 3 ATL 2
Streak: Won 2

Game 1: 11/2/07, WAS 2 PHI 3
Game 2: 11/23/07, WAS 4 PHI 3
Game 3: 1/13/08, WAS 4 PHI 6

Probable Line-Ups:
Washington

Forward Line 1: 8 OVECHKIN, 19 BACKSTROM, 14 FEHR
Forward Line 2: 28 SEMIN, 25 KOZLOV, 43 FLEISCHMANN
Forward Line 3: 53 LAING, 39 STECKEL, 10 BRADLEY
Forward Line 4: 87 BRASHEAR, 15 GORDON, 21 LAICH
Defense Pair 1: 26 MORRISONN, 52 GREEN
Defense Pair 2: 23 JURCINA, 55 SCHULTZ
Defense Pair 3: 4 ERSKINE, 3 POTI
Goalie: 37 KOLZIG
Back-up Goalie: 1 JOHNSON

Philadelphia
Forward Line 1: 19 HARTNELL, 20 UMBERGER, 9 UPSHALL
Forward Line 2: 12 GAGNE, 18 RICHARDS, 22 KNUBLE
Forward Line 3: 32 COTE, 17 CARTER, 27 DOWNIE
Forward Line 4: 34 DOWD, 48 BRIERE, 24 KAPANEN
Defense Pair 1: 2 HATCHER, 26 VANDERMEER
Defense Pair 2: 44 TIMONEN, 5 COBURN
Defense Pair 3: 21 SMITH, 6 JONES
Goalie: 43 BIRON
Back-up Goalie: 30 NIITTYMAKI

Injuries:
Washington – 17 CLARK (groin) DTD, 92 NYLANDER (shoulder) IR, 2 POTHIER (head) IR
Philadelphia – 3 RATHJE (hip/back) IR, 15 LUPUL (concussion) IR, 8 FITZPATRICK (sports hernia) IR

Caps Milestones:
Donald Brashear needs 2 Points to reach 200 for his career
Donald Brashear needs 3 PIM’s to reach 2,400 for his career
Viktor Kozlov needs 1 assists to reach 300 for his career
Viktor Kozlov needs 6 SOG to reach 2,000 for his career
Matt Pettinger needs 2 Points to reach 100 for his career

Preview:
The Capitals brought the entire team last night as the 1st Line, 2nd Line, and the defense scored in the 4-3 OT victory. They need to continue to get production from all sources as well as the special teams. The Caps have not scored a power play goal in the last 4 games with 10 attempts total. The Caps also gave up a 5-on-3 shorthanded goal. The special teams will be a major key going down the stretch. The Caps have the opportunity to take sole possession of first place in the Southeast Division with a victory tonight. Look for this to be a very physical, grinding game as both teams played last night. Look for the Caps to try and get an early lead and control the pace of the game. It’s time for the team to take the next step.

Joe’s prediction: Caps 5 PHI 3

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